I had been anticipating finally getting the chance to chase after some black bears after recently moving to western MT. I never really put much thought or effort into actually hunting them, but now that I'm living right in some great bear country I couldn't pass up the chance to do so.
After getting nice and rested up I headed back to the same area as the previous day and glassed a wide open area that would give me the opportunity to spot a bear in the open. I began the morning by spotting several elk and had the privilege of getting to see them interact in their environment. It was great to see them chasing each other around. I spent the morning glassing for around 4 hours and didn't see much. I explored some more of the area as it is all new.
After going back to work for the week and having the itch even more I headed back to see if I could find another bear. I headed back to the same area, but hiked in from the other direction on a different trail head. The drive in was great once again with plenty of elk spotted. One cow even gave me the opportunity for a quick photo right off of the road. I hit the trail right at sun up.